Category Archives: TCM

The EA to launch a consultation on TCM attendance requirements

The EA are set to launch a consultation on attendance requirements for technically competent managers.

Currently – TCM attendance is decided via an outdated OPRA system that calculates your site’s complexity, location and emissions.

The alternatives presented in the consultation will include TCM attendance based on charge bands or just a standardised percentage of operational hours. We expect the consultation to go live in mid-May.

If you have any questions or would like to join our consultation response, then get in touch. #WAMITAB #wastemanagement

The EA are still assessing compliance on waste sites

As this current lockdown continues, it is important to remember that the EA are still assessing compliance on waste sites. For the majority of sites, the EA will conduct their CAR form inspection remotely.

So – expect your EA officer to ask for photos of your site, evidence of record-keeping, a telephone discussion with your TCM and more. Above all, your site’s compliance rating will impact how much your yearly subsistence fee is. The better your compliance rating the cheaper your subsistence fee is.

EA letter to regulatory stakeholders

Providing an update on the COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements, the EA sent a letter to regulatory stakeholders. The letter reaffirms that the EA has provided the National Permitting Service with more resources to deal with the application backlog, extended the Continuing Competence deadline until 2021 and conducted a review of the COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements….

Continuing Competence Test centres open

Returning after the UK lockdown, Continuing Competence Test centres are now open. The Environment Agency has given TCMs until the 30th of September to renew their competence. Wiser Environment urges operators to book their test ahead of time and attend an accredited revision session. In March 2020, Wiser Environment provided guidance on how technically competent…

Remote WAMITAB Assessment: Achieve a level 4 award from home

To help support operators improve their technical competence, the Wiser Training Assessment Centre has established a remote WAMITAB assessment program. Due to COVID-19, many operators are now on furlough and are no longer actively working on their site. During this time, these operators can continue to study towards their Level 4 operator competence award. Furthermore,…

Maintaining technical competence throughout the COVID-19 outbreak

As a result of published Government guidance on COVID-19, Continuing Competence test centres will close. This will have a knock-on effect for Technically Competent Managers (TCMs) who are set to renew their technical competence. Accordingly, Wiser Environment is communicating with relevant regulatory bodies and persuading them to take a pragmatic approach. What is Technical Competence?…

TCM details to be supplied to EA with waste returns

As from 7th April 2019, the name and date of birth of the individual that provides technical competence for a permitted waste site must be supplied with each quarterly or annual waste return. This requirement was one of a number of amendments to the Environmental Permitting Regulations which were announced last year. The aim is…

WAMITAB audit achieves excellence rating

Wiser Environment gained a rating of ‘excellent’ in our recent Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) audit. The company runs the WAMITAB Approved Milton Assessment Centre and offers a range of WAMITAB training options providing industry recognised qualifications in waste recycling and resource management. All Wiser Environment assessors were rated as excellent and…